Conservation Grants Available

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is offering 10 grants of $500 each as incentives to property owners to develop a watershed-friendly habitat on property in the Four Mile Run watershed.

Homeowners, schools and businesses are eligible to apply. Grant recipients can use the funds to purchase plants and supplies to implement techniques that will help improve the water quality in Four Mile Run by reducing storm-water runoff.

Funding is made possible through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program. The trust's partners in the grant are Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. For more information, visit the trust's Web site at, contact Mike Nardolilli at 703-536-4058 or send an e-mail to MNARDOLILLI@NVCT.ORG.

Legislative Public Hearing

The Alexandria delegation to the Virginia General Assembly, including Democratic Sens. Richard L. Saslaw and Patricia S. Ticer and Democratic Dels. L. Karen Darner, Brian J. Moran and Marian Van Landingham, will hold a legislative public hearing Jan. 3. The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. at Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St., in the City Council Chambers on the second floor.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments and suggestions from the public about interests or potential interests related to the activities of the 2003 General Assembly, which will convene Jan. 8 in Richmond. All residents invited to attend and speak. Speakers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.